Area L-57

Area 57

Area 57 Director - Erica Jurus ACS, ALB, TI Learning Master & D86 Ambassador


Message from the Area 57 Director

St. Catharines packs a lot of punch for a small city – bordering beautiful Lake Ontario and the world-famous Welland Canal, sheltered by the Niagara Escarpment, graced by 1,000 acres of parks & gardens and surrounded by vineyards, and having a fascinating history dating back to Loyalist times (including serving as a station on the Underground Railroad).

Our Toastmasters clubs also pack a lot of punch – visit us and see what we’re all about! Our members are friendly & enthusiastic -- they're ready to help you achieve whatever goals you have in mind. I look forward to meeting you.

On May 31, 2017 Garden City Toastmasters, the oldest club in Ontario, celebrated their 65th anniversary with a special event at Club Capri in Thorold. This was an amazing and historic accomplishment, and a great night for both the club and our Toastmasters community. Guest speaker Roger Caesar, semifinalist at the Toastmasters World Championship of Speaking, spoke about the love we all share for our fellow members, and St. Catharines City Councillor Mike Britton brought a message from the City and helped the club unveil its new banner. 

We are proud to have such a successful club in our Area! The strength of Toastmasters lies in the global community we're all part of and the support we can give each other on our learning journey.

As my term is drawing to a close, I'd like to say what a pleasure it has been to serve as the Area 57 Director. I've developed my leadership and speaking skills, and made many new friends who I look forward to seeing often in the future as I continue to work within our organization in whatever places my personal journey takes me to.

Erica Jurus


Area 57 - Contacts

Area Director: Erica Jurus |
Club Name / TMI LinkWebsiteClub NumberStatusMeeting Time
Garden City1102.toastmastersclubs.org1102OpenTuesdays; 7:00 pm
MTO St 7310OpenTuesdays; 12 noon
Lakeshore In-Depth9912.toastmastersclubs.org9912Advanced2nd/4th Mondays; 7:00 pm
St Thursdays; 5:30 pm
Brockbrock.toastmastersclubs.org2197340OpenWednesdays; 12 noon

Area 57 - Humorous and Table Topics Speech Contest

Date: October 14, 2016
Time: 7pm
Location:  Niagara College, NOTL Campus

Chair: Humorous - Tyler Fitt; Table Topics - Victoria Guzik
Chief Judge:  Carolyn Hoxie

General Information:  A great evening with entertaining and original speakers. Congratulations to all!


Table Topics Contest Winners, 2016-2017
1st Place: Paula Berketo, MTO Toastmasters
2nd Place: Wayne Buchkowski, Garden City Toastmasters
3rd Place: Sarah Pedder, Brock Toastmasters

Humorous Speech Contest Winners, 2016-2017
1st Place: Paula Berketo, MTO Toastmasters
2nd Place: Al Ross, Brock Toastmasters
3rd Place: Wayne Buchkowski, Garden City Toastmasters


Area 57 - International Speech and Evaluation Contest

Date: March 10, 2017
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: Niagara College, Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, 135 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake Rm W215

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International Speech Contest

Winner - 1st Place: Katharine Parsons, Garden City Toastmasters
Winner - 2nd Place: Mariola Czarniak, MTO Toastmasters
Winner - 3rd Place: Alison Galvan, Garden City Toastmasters

Evaluation Speech Contest

Winner - 1st Place: Andrew Natale, Brock Toastmasters
Winner - 2nd Place: Alison Galvan, Garden City Toastmasters
Winner - 3rd Place: Mariola Czarniak, MTO Toastmasters

Toastmasters International Values:  Respect • Integrity • Service • Excellence
Our Principles:  Lead By Example • Work / Play as a Team 

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